Buckhall, Virginia

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Buckhall, Virginia
Census-designated place
Location in Prince William County and the state of Virginia.
Location in Prince William County and the state of Virginia.
Coordinates: 38°43′54″N 77°25′52″W / 38.73167°N 77.43111°W / 38.73167; -77.43111Coordinates: 38°43′54″N 77°25′52″W / 38.73167°N 77.43111°W / 38.73167; -77.43111
Country United States
State Virginia
County Prince William
Population (2010)
 • Total 16,293
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
GNIS feature ID 2629765[1]

Buckhall, Virginia is an unincorporated town in the census-designated place (CDP) of the same name, in Prince William County, Virginia.

The population of the Buckhall CDP was 16,293, as of the 2010 Census .

The town is located on Moore Drive, just off the Prince William Parkway, a few miles south of Manassas, and not far from Signal Hill and the American Civil War's Bull Run Battlefield.

Demographics[edit]

Th Buckhall CDP has a population of 16,293 as of the census of 2010.[2]

Origins[edit]

It is where the remnants of the original small town are now, that Buckhall School (formerly Oak Hill School) a one-room school house, was built in 1865, around which the village then grew up.

Adjacent to the site of the school, a general store was built, which was gutted by a fire on August 21, 2007. By October 2008, however, refurbishment of the Buckhall store had been completed, and it re-opened under new management.

The Buckhall Church (now Buckhall United Methodist Church) was built (ca. 1905) nearby, beside what is now Prince William Parkway, and still stands as of 2015. An addition was added onto the original church in 1988, and an even larger addition was completed in April 2007, while still preserving and retaining the older, historic Civil War era church building structure.

Origin of Name[edit]

Capture of Ricketts' Battery, during the Civil War's First Battle of Bull Run - painting by Sidney E. King, 1964 - National Park Service collection.

The name "Buckhall" originates from the numerous deer (or "bucks") that inhabited the area at the time of the Civil War, and the area surrounding the town still boasts a large deer population.[3]

The name was coined by Capt. Thomas J. Moore (from whom Moore Drive takes its name) who became enamoured with the area, and settled there after fighting in the vicinity for the Union Army in the Civil War. Capt. Moore was also the construction foreman for the original Buckhall Church building when it was constructed (c.1905).

Prior to being called "Buckhall", the area had been known as "Oak Hill". A church known as "Oak Hill Church" stood where the town's current graveyard is until the 1930s, when it was razed. Its congregation then transferred to Buckhall's Grace United Methodist congregation, joining together with them to hold worship services in their still existing church building, originally constructed in 1905, and now known as Buckhall United Methodist Church.

Numerous foxes -- and many other wildlife & birds -- inhabit the forested areas of the Buckhall CDP

Buckhall Fire Dept.[edit]

The Buckhall Volunteer Fire Department (County Fire Station #516) is located on Yates Ford Drive just off the Prince William Parkway.

The Buckhall Fire Department, which has earned a reputation as one of the finest and best in the County and State, is the pride of many Buckhall residents, and is a local social gathering spot. As a means of fundraising for the Station, a popular chicken barbecue is held there several times a year, which invariably sells out almost as soon as it begins.[3]

Major highways[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Buckhall, Virginia
  2. ^ Virginia Trend Report 2: State and Complete Places (Sub-state 2010 Census Data). Missouri Census Data Center. Accessed 2011-06-08.
  3. ^ a b John Gingles, "A Personal Memoir," Washington, D.C., 2007-2009.